When it comes to electricity, solar generators are our one of our favorite ways to charge cell phones, laptops, vent fans, and other small devices.
These power stations are perfect for the weekend warrior, infrequent camper, or van dweller with low electrical needs.
The Bluetti Solar Generator
But for those looking for a plug-and-play system that can be up and running in minutes, the Bluetti EB55 makes an excellent choice.
For a real-world test, we took the Bluetti EB55 out on a couple of snowy camping trips.
In this article we’ll discuss the specs, features, and bugs that we found.
What’s Inside The Bluetti EB55
While the battery capacity between these products is similar, the battery chemistry is different–and that makes a BIG difference!
More Charge Cycles Than Other Brands
The Bluetti EB55 comes with a lithium-ion phosphate battery (LiFePO4).
Similar generators like the Goal Zero Yeti and Jackery Explorer come with a lithium-ion battery.
LiFePO4 batteries have significantly more charge cycles than the alternative.
That means you can charge and re-charge the Bluetti battery an average of 2500 times compared to 500 charge cycles which the other brands offer.
Overall, the Bluetti battery lasts longer.
12+1 Power Outputs
The Bluetti comes with a dozen power outputs plus wireless charging on top for your cell phone. These are:
- 4x USB 5A/3V
- 4x AC 110V/700W
- 2x DC 12V/10A
- 1x USB-C 100W
- 1x 12V/10A Car port
- 1x Wireless charging pad
That means it can simultaneously power more devices than other products in this category.
Fast Recharging – 4 Ways
Just like other products on the market, there are four ways of recharging the power station: AC power (household wall socket), DC power (car outlet), solar panels, or with a gas-powered generator.
The EB55 has dual power inputs so it can accept 400W of power at once. That means it can be fully recharged in under 2 hours using AC and solar combined.
For campers using solar panels only, the EB55 can recharge to 80% battery capacity in about 3 hours under ideal conditions.
Additional Specs And Display
The Bluetti EB55 comes with a 700W pure sine wave inverter which is ideal for charging small electronics like laptops, camera equipment, drones, projectors and more.
On the front display you’ll find the input and output wattage as well as estimated battery percentage available.
There’s also a convenient night light in the back with high mode, low mode, and flashing signal options.
This Bluetti product comes with a 2 year warranty.
The Good And The Bad
As mentioned, we’ve reviewed quite a few solar generators in the past. Most devices in this category have similar specs, so it’s the little things that make the difference.
The #1 reason we would purchase this product over similar items is because it uses the LiFePO4 battery chemistry. That battery type can handle significantly more charge cycles than standard lithium-ion (~2500 vs 500).
Simply put, the EB55 is going to last longer than those using a lithium-ion battery.
Price-wise the product is comparable to others in it’s category, and when you consider the battery type we think it’s a good deal.
13 charge ports may be overkill but it certainly leaves you with a lot of options. You can turn off ports that are not in use to save power.
Finally, the shape is a really nice feature. The carry handle folds down so it becomes almost a perfect rectangle which is significantly easier to pack up than some of the competitors.
It also allows you to set stuff on top of it which is another nice-to-have.
In order to balance out the review, we’ll leave a few suggestions about what can be improved.
The biggest disappointment would be the display. When it comes to battery capacity you can only view estimates such as 20%, 40%, 60%, 80% and 100%. That’s not super accurate if you’re a number cruncher.
You also don’t get an estimated run time.
This generator is a little heavier than its competitors (about 3 pounds more than the Jackery 500).
The extra weight is because LiFePO4 batteries are denser than standard lithium-ion which we think is a good tradeoff.
But if you need something lighter weight and more portable then another product might make a better choice.
Ideal For Weekend Campers
One thing to remember with this portable power station and others of similar size is that the battery capacity is not crazy high.
These products are perfect for charging laptops, cell phones, and small electronics like vent fans, projectors, drones, and camera equipment.
Jackery vs Bluetti
- 537Wh LiFePO4 battery
- 2500+ charge cycles
- Pure sine wave inverter
- 400W max input
- 13 charge ports
- 16.5 pounds
- Fold down carry handle
Jackery Explorer 500
- 518Wh Lithium-ion battery
- 500+ charge cycles
- Pure sine wave inverter
- 100W max input
- 7 charge ports
- 13.3 pounds
- Easy grip carry handle
The bottom line is Bluetti uses a LiFePO4 battery so it can have more charge cycles and will last longer. It also allows for a higher max input so it can charge faster.
Bluetti has more charge ports, and a more convenient fold-down portable handle.
Jackery is lighter weight and more portable. It also has a more accurate display.
When it comes to price, these products are comparable.